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How the Hen House Turns: Two Bear Attacks

on June 7, 2013 - 7:25am
How the Hen House Turns: Two Bear Attacks
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

During late summer 2002, I split the pen surrounding the Hen House in order to provide egg-laying privacy and security for an old red hen named Jupiter. A white Silkie chicken was busy raising the two Polish chicks and one turkey chick who had recently survived two bear attacks.

It was the second summer after the big fire of 2000 that had burned over 400 homes and acres of forest on the periphery of town. The bears were very hungry.

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Finalists Announced!

on June 6, 2013 - 9:24pm
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition


The judges have ruled and the six Cliburn Competition finalists have been announced. The result met our expectations with one curious surprise.

I have been smitten with Russian Nikita Mndoyants since hearing his performance in the preliminaries via the Cliburn’s web stream. Mndoyants, 24, has made a clear statement about his artistic intentions. He is a musical storyteller.

Letter to the Editor: So Much Anger Toward Fires

on June 6, 2013 - 1:24pm
By Jaret McDonald
Los Alamos

To all of our friends here in New Mexico: Once again we are under attack with Mother Natures finest criminals.
So much anger and depression toward the two big fires, once again taking our mountains and subjecting us to a life we didn't expect.
We have a place for anyone out of place and hearts feel for all of us. Remember that life will begin again and will come back.
We understand that it might take a "few" years, but it will come back. New Mexico is great but the people are what make it amazing. Keep your heads up ... We will prevail!

Help With The Hard Stuff: 'Be An Informed Shopper For Your Legal Services'

on June 6, 2013 - 10:12am

Part 9 (of 10)–“Be An Informed Shopper For Your Legal Services

Last column looked at some of the reasons agreements fail. This column notes some forms of legal services variously called “cutting edge” law or a “comprehensive law” movement, which try to better address the reasons agreements fail, especially the reasons of shallow peace, and lack of informed consent.

Remember, all forms of legal services, conventional or innovative, are very human, to me meaning that the practical, on-the-ground reality can be very different from the

Hofmann: The LTC Basics #3

on June 6, 2013 - 7:47am
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services offers insights into Long Term Care:

Consumers may hear many confusing statements regarding the topic of long term care, both published in the public domain and repeated by misinformed individuals. Over the next few weeks, I will be submitting a series of columns containing accurate information provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, website I encourage you to watch for and read these informative columns.

The LTC Basics #3: 

How much Long Term Care will you need?

The duration and


Letter to the Editor: LAPS Foundation Says Thanks

on June 6, 2013 - 7:22am
LAPS Foundation Board of Directors
Los Alamos
Earlier this spring, the Board of the LAPS Foundation hosted the Fourth Annual Great Conversations in A-Wing at Los Alamos High School and more than 30 high school students donated over 95 hours to aid the Foundation in serving our guest. Chip Mielke and Tessa Snyder entertained guests with a beautiful stringed duet.

Los Alamos National Bank and the LANS Community Programs Office sponsored our event along with Beth Breshears, CPA along with Lorraine Hartway, Film Festival/Hot Rocks Java Café and Coca-Cola Distributing of Santa Fe.


Pajarito Reads: Discover the Divine in Yourself with Henry Ahlefelder

on June 4, 2013 - 10:58am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Henry Ahlefelder didn’t start out to be a teacher, healer and follower of a spiritual path.

“I was the opposite of a new age type of person,” Ahlefelder said. “I was into rock and motorcycles."

On a whim, he asked a friend to teach him to meditate. The results amazed him and set him on his path to become a healer and a teacher. The journey let him to his first teacher, Yogi Behjan. He learned the practice of kundalini yoga and studied healing from a Japanese monk.

The journey led him to India where Yogi Bhajan’s teacher, Baba Virsa Sign